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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

In promoting the lefty-hitting Brandon Nimmo, the Mets concluded they did not have an attractive righty-hitting option who could play center field. They considered promoting 27-year-old Travis Taijeron, who is hitting .297 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 347 at-bats with Las Vegas. But they were dissuaded because Taijeron has 122 strikeouts -- the third-highest total in the Pacific Coast League -- and might have difficulty making contact at the major league level.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

No surprise with a righthander (Jake Odorizzi) starting for the Tampa Bay Rays tonight, but Alex Rodriguez is not in the lineup for the sixth straight game. Here's who is: Gardner 7, Ellsbury 8, Beltran DH, McCann 2, Teixeira 3, Gregorius 6, Castro 4, Headley 5, Refsnyder 9, Nova P

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

If Athletics can't find a suitable deal for Rich Hill over next 34 days, it could make sense for them to give him $16.7m qualifying offer.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Juan Lagares has been placed on the disabled list and will undergo surgery to repair the partially torn ligament in his left thumb. Terry Collins estimated a six-week absence.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Mariners have inquired about Reds SS Zack Cozart. Not a perfect fit with Ketel Marte due back sooner than expected. But the M's are on both Cozart & Jay Bruce

Boston should trade for Ryan Braun

ESPN's David Schoenfield says the Red Sox could just slug their way to a pennant.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly promoted Brandon Nimmo relays the story of how Wally Backman informed him of his second call-up to the majors and discusses what he learned during his initial stint in the majors.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward hit just his 5th home run of the season on Friday against the Mariners and first since June 11. His manager has wanted him to elevate the ball more which he did in the third inning homering to right field.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores reflects on the one-year anniversary of his near-trade to the Brewers, which unraveled after the Mets disapproved of Carlos Gomez's medical information.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

What a turnout for Friday afternoon baseball at Wrigley Field! Mariners visit the Cubs for first time since 2007.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

To review on Bruce and the Mets: At the deadline last year, Mets offered Zack Wheeler for him. On morning of deadline, CIN asked for more.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Among the teams that have expressed interest in Jay Bruce: The New York Mets. Offense needed now, and '17 coverage if Cespedes opts out.

Keith Law ESPN Senior Writer 

If the Yankees can get Giolito for Miller they should do it and send the Nats a giant floral arrangement shaped like Nationals Park.